BC Highway 20 - Williams Lake to Bella Coola - Road Conditions

Events for Highway 20

Highway 20 Both directions Closed in both directions (Except Emergency Vehicles, First Responders and Essential Services) from the intersection of Hwy 20 and Tatlayoko Road( 18 km east of Kleena Kleene) to the Junction of Hooch Lake FSR & Hwy 20, ( 50 km west of Kleena Kleene) due to forest fire. Assessments are on going. Next Update: Wednesday, Aug 23 at noon. Updated on Wed Aug 23 at 4:10 am PDT. (ID# 249934)
Highway 20 Both directions Limited visibility because of heavy smoke throughout the Highway 20 corridor due to active Forest Fires alongside HWY20 route. Please slow down, drive with caution, and have your head/tail lights on. Watch for fire suppression crews working in the area and livestock/wildlife on hwy. Be aware Hwy 20 is closed in both direction in the Kleena Kleene area due to forest fires (see event #249934). Updated Wed Aug 23 at 4:37 am PDT. (ID# 249783)
Highway 20 Both directions Limited Visibility with Smoke from Tatla Lake to Puntzi Lake Road (47.5 km). Updated Wed Aug 23 at 4:29 am PDT. (ID# 249817)
Highway 20 Both directions Watch for livestock on Road from Tatla Lake to Alexis Creek (88.2 km). Updated on Wed Aug 23 at 4:25 am PDT. (ID# 249647)
Highway 20 Both directions Limited Visibility with Smoke from Puntzi Lake Road to Alexis Creek (40.7 km). Updated Wed Aug 23 at 4:27 am PDT. (ID# 249816)
Highway 20 Both directions Hot in Place Recycle Paving 5 km east of Riske Creek to 10 km west of Junction of Highway 97, at Williams Lake (32.3 km), 6:00 am to 6:00 pm Mon-Sat through Oct 31. The road is reduced to single lane alternating traffic. Expect minor delays. Updated on Tue Aug 22 at 5:28 am PDT. (ID# -65675)
Highway 20 Both directions Limited Visibility with Smoke from Alexis Creek to Junction of Highway 97, at Williams Lake (131.7 km). Updated Wed Aug 23 at 4:29 am PDT. (ID# 249820)

Highway 20 Weather Locations

Williams Lake   Lillooet    Anahim Lake    Bella Coola

General Route Information

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Highway 20 begins in Williams Lake at its juncture with Highway 97. It rises gradually for 23 km (14 mi) to the crossing of the Fraser River at Sheep Creek Bridge, from which it ascends via a series of steep switchbacks to the Chilcotin Plateau. Prior to improvements of the late 20th Century, including the Sheep Creek Bridge, it crossed the Fraser via a 1910s style suspension bridge, which was like those farther south at Gang Ranch-Dog Creek and Lillooet.

After Lillooet it passes through Riske Creek then at 94 km (58 mi) the hamlet of Hanceville . Near Riske Creek 104km (64 mi) it passes Anahim Reserve, a Chilcotin community before reaching Alexis Creek  at 114km (71 mi). From Alexis Creek it is 122 km (76 mi) to the next town, Tatla Lake.

Next locations are Kleena Kleene and Nimpo Lake farther West is Nimpo Lake which serves as a float plane base for the region. Just west of Nimpo Lake the highway crosses the Dean River before reaching Anahim Lake and the adjacent Indian reserve at 310 km (193 mi). Past Anahim Lake the road ascends and descends through Tweedsmuir South Provincial Park via Heckman Pass to Hagensborg and finally Bella Coola . The entire route is scenic and very sparsely populated.

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